John has been serving as an elder at Trinity since 2011. He is originally from New York, raised in the Bronx, and came to Fayetteville via the 82nd Airborne in 1981. In the providence of God, he and his family stayed in the area upon his retirement. John has been married, in Christ, to Dottie since 1995. He has four children and eight grandchildren.
Here is a brief testimony in John’s own words and his hope for Trinity:
“I was divorced after an eleven-year Christless marriage. I was dating Dottie (my wife) and she was attending a small church in rural North Carolina. She was a believer, but as was so common then as it is today – undiscipled in the teachings of the Scriptures. She should not have been dating me. But in the providence of God, he used her ignorance and my rebellion to redeem me in a Wednesday evening service in a rural N.C. church. I remember thinking that I wanted to eat, and suddenly God converted me, I was not looking for God, He granted to me salvation. Soli Deo Gloria! After our marriage, my former spouse died and my older children came to live with us and our new born daughter. Later we were blessed with our 4th child, a son. This brought our family to 2 daughters and 2 sons. Our older children married and we have been subsequently blessed with our 8 grandchildren (4 granddaughters and 4 grandsons).
My hope for Trinity is that God will glorify Himself in our lives and in the life of our community by calling His people out of darkness and into His family through His Son Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John enjoys digging into Biblical languages, good company and conversation, and practicing Jiujitsu. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Divinity.
Jim has been serving as an elder at Trinity since 2020. He is originally from Arizona, raised in Phoenix, and came to Fayetteville via the US Army in 1996. In the providence of God, he and his family stayed in the area after his separation from Active Duty. Jim has been married to Stephanie since 1996 and together they share nine children and three grandchildren.
Here is a brief testimony in Jim’s own words and his hope for Trinity:
“I was raised as a nominal Catholic believing in the God who created all and Who would judge everyone, yet I did not see nor care for any hope of redemption. I was then shown God’s salvation in His word and the Holy Spirit gave me life, a new heart, and new desire to believe in the One who takes away sin, Christ Jesus. God’s Spirit enabled me to cry out for forgiveness and turn unto life and this same Spirit continues making me holy as I await the blessed hope of His return.
My desire and prayer is for God’s glory to be reflected in our worship of Him, our unified love for His people, and our charitable care for the community our Master has placed us in.”
Jim enjoys writing, playing music, and Amateur Radio(HAM). He is currently pursuing a degree from Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.